IKEA x HAY Ypperlig Collection

IKEA has teamed up with cult Danish design brand HAY to launch 'Ypperlig', a new collection of beautiful basics

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

When Swedish mega-brand IKEA hooked up with cult Danish design duo HAY to create a new range, we knew the results would be impressive. This week the 'Ypperlig' collection hits global stores, celebrating the beauty of basics, Scandinavian functionality and streamlined, contemporary style. Fittingly, the name means 'extraordinary'.

Inspired by architecture, art and fashion trends, design brand HAY was founded in Copenhagen in 2002, and is helmed by husband-and-wife team Rolf and Mette Hay. Using sophisticated industrial manufacturing processes, the pair design pieces for modern living, with a less-is-more aesthetic that chimes well with fellow Scandinavian homewares giant IKEA. The collaborative collection spans furniture – from a compact sofa and comfy sofa-bed to tables, a bench and decorative wall shelf – super-slim lighting and covetable accessories.

ABOVE: Featuring clean lines, muted colours and Scandi materials, the new 'Ypperlig' collection by IKEA x HAY is in stores now
ABOVE RIGHT: HAY co-founders Rolf and Mette Hay
BELOW: 'Ypperlig' ash table, £150, with vases in green, £12, and brown, £18; Indoor/outdoor 'Ypperlig' chair with armrests, in green and light grey, £40 each; 'Ypperlig' chair with armrests, with dining table and vases, as before

ABOVE: Light grey three-seat 'Ypperlig' sofa-bed, £550, constructed like a pocket-sprung mattress, with cushion covers, £5 each; 'Ypperlig' coffee tables, £35 each, with green vase, £12; Light grey 'Ypperlig' LED table lamp, £35, with built-in variable touch dimmer

Top FizzPicks include the sinuous, indoor/outdoor 'Ypperlig' armchair and chair (moulded in one piece in on-trend green or light grey); the minimal LED table light and floor lamp; three jaunty wall mirrors; a sleek ash dining table and grey-topped birch coffee table; and our favourite design, the curvy 'Ypperlig' vase in a choice of two three-tone colourways (green, blue and grey or brown, yellow and white). A trio of pretty-hued boxes with lids make savvy storage for small items, or for cute gifts check out the graphic candle holder and stationery set. Vibrant cushion covers and throws bring a softer touch (in block colours, with pared-back pattern), and HAY has even reinvented the iconic IKEA bag, updating the weaving patterns and colours. 

ABOVE: 'Ypperlig' candle holders, £3 each; 'Ypperlig' wall mirrors, in white, £20, dark red, £12, and green, £15, suitable for use in bathrooms; 'Ypperlig' cushion covers, £5 each, available in nine reversible colourways with varying patterns, beech stools, £20 each

The duo intended the collaboration to be true to IKEA, with honest, substantial products at an affordable price that would be around for a long time. 'We wanted to do something that was beautiful, well-made and usable,' says Mette Hay. 'Really good products made by IKEA and sprinkled with a bit of HAY'. Get in quick and make HAY while the sun shines!
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The 'Ypperlig' collection is available in selected IKEA stores and online (see regional sites for local prices).

IKEA Wireless Charging Furniture

IKEA's fab furniture and lighting range can charge up your mobiles and devices wirelessly. Hello, smart home!

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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TOP IMAGE: 'Nordli' bedside table, £85, with wireless charging 
ABOVE: 'Varv' table and floor lamps, from £29 to £85, with charging; 'Varv' ceiling lamp, £34

'Charge where you are' is the mantra of IKEA's range of wireless charging furniture and lighting, in UK stores now, that lets you charge up your smartphone or tablet anywhere in the home. Ugly cable clutter is banished, as is stooping to find the plug. The Swedish homewares giant has designed two bedside tables and a choice of task, table and floor lamps with built-in charging spots, so chargers are hidden conveniently in plain sight, seamlessly integrated with your space.

'We know that people hate cable mess,' says IKEA's Jeanette Skjelmose. 'They worry about not finding the charger and running out of power. Our new innovative solutions, which integrate wireless charging into home furnishings, will make life at home simpler.' Part of IKEA's ongoing 'Home Smart' collection, options include charging pads for multiple devices and even a charging unit, 'Jyssen' (£30), which you can build into furniture yourself, or plug into a 'Stuva' or 'Micke' desk.

If your mobile doesn't support the store's wireless charging standard Qi (check here; iPhones and Samsung Galaxy aren't enabled), it also sells 'Vitahult' phone covers, from £18, that ensure compatibility. Every product also features a USB port for powering additional devices. IKEA's space-saving wireless charging range is available now in all UK IKEA stores and to buy online. Here's hoping it rolls out globally soon! Expect to see more smart-home kit trending.
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ABOVE: 'Nordmärke' triple pad, £60. BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Riggad' work lamp, £50; 'Nordmärke' triple pads, £60 each; 'Varv' table lamp, £50; 'Micke' desk, £39. BELOW: 'Selje' bedside table, £50; 'Nordmärke' single pad, £30; 'Varv' lamp. All wireless charging; place device on plus sign.